Bryan Adams follows Springsteen canceling show over an anti-LGBT state law

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Singer Bryan Adams performs on stage at the 2016 Juno Awards in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in this file photo taken on April 3, 2016. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mike Ridewood/Files

Singer Bryan Adams performs on stage at the 2016 Juno Awards in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in this file photo taken on April 3, 2016. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mike Ridewood/Files

April 11 (Reuters) – Canadian singer Bryan Adams has canceled a show in Mississippi to protest a new state law that will let people with religious objections deny services to same-sex couples, the second major concert scrapped in the U.S. South over discrimination concerns.

On Friday, rock star Bruce Springsteen called off a weekend concert in North Carolina to show his opposition to a new law there barring transgender people from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.

The cancellations come as U.S. states consider legislation seen as restricting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. Supporters of the measures say they are needed to keep women and children safe in restrooms and to protect religious freedom after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year legalized same-sex marriage.


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Adams, who was set to perform on Thursday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, called the state’s measure “extremely discriminatory.”

“I cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation,” Adams wrote on his website.

The law signed in Mississippi last week allows people with religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples and permits employers to cite religion in determining workplace policies on dress code, grooming and bathroom and locker access.

Ninety-five Mississippi writers, including best-selling author John Grisham, signed a letter released on Monday calling for a repeal of the law before it takes effect in July.

“There have always been people here battling injustice,” the letter said. “That’s the version of Mississippi we believe in, and that’s the Mississippi we won’t stop fighting for.”


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In North Carolina, several hundred people rallied in Raleigh on Monday in support of that state’s law, the first in the nation to require transgender people to choose bathrooms and locker rooms that match the gender on their birth certificate.

The law also bars local governments from enacting anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The supporters wore pins that read “No men in women’s bathrooms” and thanked Republican Governor Pat McCrory for standing firm against attacks on the measure, WTVD-TV reported.

Executives from dozens of U.S. corporations have urged both North Carolina and Mississippi officials to repeal their laws.

A state legislator who was one of 11 Democrats to vote for North Carolina’s measure called for its repeal on Monday.

“I made the wrong vote, and we must now make it right,” Representative Billy Richardson said in an opinion article for the Fayetteville Observer.

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  • jeff

    I object to being subjected to Bryan Adams music. Why do people in the music industry poke their nose in on political issues etc. Just make music.

  • Paul

    So musicians aren’t allowed a point of view just because they’re musicians. Wow the spirit of free speech and free thought is live and kicking in your house.

  • Pablo

    LOL. Musicians and poets are humanity’s oldest traditional class of social and political commentators. These folks are simply doing their job.

  • Richard Rush

    I object to being subjected to Christian dominionist instincts. Why do people in the Christian industry poke their nose in on political issues etc.? Just make meddling taboo.

  • Ben in oakland

    Good news, buddy.

    The solution to you r problem of being subjected to Brian Adams’s music is not to listen to it.

  • Bryan Adams makes a business decision based on his conscience and leftists celebrate yet those same people deny the photographer, cake maker, florist the same right. The double standard being applied is amazing!

  • Debbo

    No double standard. Adams is not denying his performance to a particular group. It’s the entire state.

    That discrmatory law is only aimed at 1 particular subset of people. If a cake baker wants to deny his services to every customer – no problem. Also, no business.

  • G Key

    You believe that “this kind of thing” is a national evil. That’s your right.

    Others don’t. Why should your beliefs govern (emphasis) their rights?

  • G Key

    Tips for Evaluating the Sex Lives of Others

    1.) If devoting your time to dwelling upon the sex lives of strangers is important to you, but you are disturbed by what you imagine, go easy on yourself. Open your eyes for a while, and enjoy a well-deserved break!

    2.) Every so often, pretend that your subject’s sexuality is merely different, not right, not wrong, not better, not worse, just another sexuality, to which your subject has every right of enjoyment. (Though thrilling, this exercise can become unnerving, so remind yourself that you’re safe.)

    3.) Be sure to take up a “decent” hobby, so you’ll have a ready answer for the inevitable acquaintance who wants to know what you do in your spare time.

    Hopefully, these hints will ease the burden of coexisting with people whose sex lives you compulsively contemplate — even when your personal convictions tell you that coexistence is impossible, or detestable, or (gasp!) utterly unfamiliar. Happy judging!!

  • Chris Vogel

    Poor ol’ Mississippi. They lynched blacks and murdered civil rights workers as fast as they could, and it still didn’t stop integration. No matter what they do, they are the poorest state in the Union and, by all accounts, the dumbest. And here, all they are doing is trying to damage homosexuals as much as they can–it’s what God wants, after all (Hallelujah!)–and now everbody is on their case, again!

  • gregg R Thomas

    LOL, :),LOL, :D, LOL, :), :),HA HA HA, can’t wait for “that day”, I’m gonna BBQ me some self-righteous christians over a pit as an offering to ALL the deities and demons in recorded history.
    Good Times. 🙂

  • Theodore Levee

    Wonder what you make of the Black Plague – since you speak for God? Oh and another thing – did not He say -Go forth and preach the gospel? Isn’t that just the 4 gospels? Isn’t that where He said “Love one another as I have loved you”:? Oh yeah I recall another “He who does so for the least of thy Brethren does so for me”?
    Gods wrath is going to be based on the heart of hearts. Intention. If that intention is not love – That’s all folks. False prophet, charlatans, ignorant haters – blow it out yer pie hole

  • Doc Anthony

    I didn’t call on anybody to stop loving Springsteen and Adams, Theodore.

    Indeed, go right ahead and “preach the gospel”. Please continue “loving one another.” And don’t stop doing good things “for the least of thy brethren.” Clearly, you take the Bible seriously.

    But since you clearly take the Bible seriously, you also take what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah equally seriously, right? And you likewise know how things turned out in Canaan? And what happened to Old Testament Israel itself when things went too far, yes?

    So it’s necessary to take Jer. 18:9-10 seriously too. God says, “And if I announce that I will plant and build up a certain nation or kingdom, but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless it as I said I would.”

    No nation has enjoyed all the blessings that America has. Only America has walked on the moon. But now we dare to spit in God’s face via **legalized gay marriage**. We ARE in trouble.

  • Diogenes

    You know, neither artist is a deal breaker for me. As a matter of fact, most music today is pretty pedestrian anyway. I know Oregon is a place you guys (Adams and Springsteen) would love with its so called progressive social policy, but as a native of the state, I’d be just O.K. if you guys blew right on by.

  • Ben in oakland

    So, in other words with your quote, you are saying that not even God believes in the division between free will and predestination? Or are you saying he actually isn’t omniscient, since apparently, he didn’t know that the nation would turn to evil?

    What twisted webs we weave, when first we practice to theologically deceive.

  • robert mattson

    I support you, Bryan. And I am now going to introduce myself to your music. I am a die-hard for Bruce. You did the right thing. Thank you.

  • G Key

    “You know, neither artist is a deal breaker for me.”

    Amen. I’m a fan of their decision, but their music only reminds me of the importance of tolerance.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    Who do you think you’re kidding, Mr. Sanchez? These anti-gay lawbreakers are part of a political agenda that has nothing to do with “freedom of religion” or conscience.

    A group of anti-gay lawyers from the “Alliance Defending Freedom Of Faith” just can’t accept that laws banning public accommodations discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation are settled law. This “Alliance” is going around US States where laws forbid that type of discrimination, seeking to incite anti-gay bakers, photographers, florists, and other wedding industry suppliers to target same gender couples, attack them, and violate these laws, promising to defend the anti-gays in court and the media for free and pay any fines involved BEFORE these crimes are committed. These “Alliance” lawyers are involved in ALL these cases. And then anti-gays dishonestly claim LGBT Americans are targeting THEM!

    Want proof? This “Alliance” admit all that at their website.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    Let’s discuss the anti-gay lawbreakers from Oregon, Mr. Sanchez. “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” broke Oregon law and were convicted because they not only violated the law, the anti-gay owners, the Kleins:

    1) attacked the couple who tried to order a cake in writing and

    2) incited a Hate Crime against the couple and their child by posting the couple’s home address and other private, identifying information on multiple websites where they encountered other anti-gays.

    The Alliance provided free legal representation and organized a “fundraiser” for the Kleins that netted them three times their $135,000 fine, most of which was for inciting the Hate Crime. Even with their profit, the Kleins refused to pay their fine until the state took action to collect it from their bank accounts.

    The Kleins still operate their business out of their home, but without license or any public scrutiny.

    These are the sorts of persons you are promoting, Mr. Sanchez.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    Ringo Starr cancelled today.

  • yoh

    He had 3 good albums in the 80’s which are major classic rock fodder. In order of preference:

    Reckless-1984
    Into the Fire-1987
    Cuts Like A Knife-1083

    Into the Fire features a song which was originally planned for Top Gun soundtrack “Only The Strong Survive” but Adams refused because he felt the film glorified war.